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A New Warning About Olive Oil

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A New Warning About Olive Oil

A common question that many people have is whether or not food should be eaten uncooked. I personally believe that consuming a majority of your food uncooked is a cornerstone of optimal health.

Typically, the less processed and heat-treated the food is, the more nutritious and healthier it is going to be. Nevertheless, most people prefer to cook their food, at least occasionally. When you do, you’re going to cook with some form of oil.

The question is, what’s the best, healthiest type of oil to use when cooking?

Dr. Rudi Moerck has studied oils for a long time, and offers some intriguing insights.

Cooking with Tropical Oils Your Healthiest Alternative

I have, for many years now, recommended coconut oil on the basis and the supposition that it doesn’t contain much unsaturated fat. As a result, it’s not going to be damaged by heat and create trans fats like some other oils. (Another tropical oil that is very similar is palm oil.)

Dr. Moerck agrees, saying:

“I would say that coconut oil is okay to cook with. It’s a saturated fat. Your body will burn it as fuel or it will get rid of it some other way. It won’t store it in your body. So from that point of view, if you’re going to use oil then that’s a good one to use.”

Interestingly, unlike carbohydrates, which can also deliver quick energy to your body, coconut oil does this without producing an insulin spike. Yes, it acts like a carbohydrate, but without any of the debilitating insulin-related effects associated with long-term high carbohydrate consumption.

But that’s merely the beginning.

Earlier this week I published an entire special report on the health benefits of coconut oil, which include:

  • Promoting heart health
  • Promoting weight loss, when needed
  • Supporting your immune system health
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism
  • Providing you with an immediate energy source
  • Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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1:32AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Shared, thanks.

5:54AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

for the sake of the orangutans and other species that make their home in the rainforests, please do not use palm oil

3:34PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

shared and blogged this article. Always find something helpful and interesting when i'm looking on here!

5:31AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

If oil gets heated above its smoke point, you shouldn’t eat it, or any of the food that was cooked in it. Oxidation of nourishing substances found in EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, as well as acrylamide formation, can occur at cooking temperatures very closer to the 300°F/148°C range. For these reasons, It's NOT recommended to cook with EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil...Because not only will it taste bad, it will also be really bad for you. When oil gets heated beyond its smoke point, it starts to break down chemically. It loses most of its antioxidants, releases toxic chemicals in the form of smoke, and becomes filled with carcinogenic free radicals.

6:55AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

I live in Spain and use olive oil practically all the time. I have 2 bottles open at any one time, one a cold pressed virgin oil for dressing salds and vegetables and toast! The other a virgin oil for cooking. I have never had oil go rancid, nor change colour nor lose flavour. It seems to me this article is not very true .I never deep fry so, but probably wouldn't use olive oil, such a waste of a good oil!

10:31PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Never tried coconut oil. Will have to buy some and try it. Thanks for the informative article.

9:16AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

We have to do what's right for the environment and not just ourselves. If an over abundance of getting palm oils (coconut oil) is causing deforestaton and putting a lot of money in some millionaire's pocket, then I'm for staying with olive oil. I've used a large bottle (storing it in a dark place for quite a while) and it was just fine. I'm still alive and did't become ill.. It would make me sick to see large forests chopped to nothing just to get me a different kind of oil to cook with or wear on my body.

8:46AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Why you say all this lies about olive oil? Olive oil is perfect for cooking and frying exactly because is not getting damaged on this temperatures unlike other oils. This is all propaganda

6:20AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

For myself, living in the tropics, I love coconut oil. It feels great on the skin, it is nice to cook with. Coconut milk and meat are beautiful too.

7:24PM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Thank you!

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